Driver in Humboldt Broncos bus crash arrested, facing 29 charges

The driver of the semi truck that collided with the Humboldt Broncos hockey team bus in Saskatchewan in April that left 16 dead was arrested on Friday. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The driver that crashed with the Humboldt Broncos hockey team bus in April has been arrested, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police announced on Friday.

The driver, 29-year-old Jaskirat Singh Sidhu, was arrested at his home in Calgary on Friday. He is facing 16 counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death and 13 counts of dangerous operation of motor vehicle causing bodily injury, according to the CBC. The charges can carry up to 14 years and 10 years in prison, respectively.

Sidhu is scheduled to appear in court in Saskatchewan next week, and will remain in custody until then.

“Our organization has faith in the justice system and we will be watching closely as this court process plays out,” the Broncos said in a statement Friday. “Our primary focus continues to be supporting the survivors, families and others that were directly impacted by the tragedy on April 6.”

The bus crash in rural Saskatchewan left 16 people dead, including 10 players from the Broncos team and their coach, and another 13 injured. Sidhu, according to the CBC, was working for a Calgary-based trucking company when the crash occurred.

From the CBC:

[Sidhu] was driving west on Highway 335 in a semi as a Charlie’s Charters bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos was northbound on Highway 35 to an SJHL playoff game in Nipawin, Saskatchewan.

The bus had the right of way. There is a flashing stop sign for drivers on Highway 335 at Highway 35 between Nipawin and Tisdale. The RCMP said the semi was in the intersection when the vehicles collided.

Sidhu was detained quickly after the crash on April 6, but was released.

“Whatever happened, happened for a reason,” former Humboldt player and crash survivor Ryan Straschnitzki told the CBC. “His intention wasn’t to go out and hurt us that day, but that mistake is obviously going to change his life and changed all our lives.”

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